Senior Methods Specialist, Research & Development

Job Description

Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID 19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID 19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, in accordance with applicable law.

The primary goal of our company's AH 3R (Reduce, Refine, Replace) program is to reduce the use of animals in Quality Control (QC) testing by replacing animal models with state-of-the-art in vitro techniques.

The global BTS (Bio-Analytical Technical Support) 3R team, which is tasked with the development of alternative in vitro assays, is looking for a Senior Methods Specialist to strengthen the team.

The Senior Methods Specialist is responsible for the development and implementation of new analytical in vitro tests. Responsibilities include the identification and selection of relevant epitopes on viral and/or bacterial antigens, generation and selection of specific biomaterials (e.g. monoclonal antibodies) and the development of suitable methods to break interactions of the antigen with other antigens or adjuvants (antigen recovery). Other responsibilities include validation, transfer and implementation of the new in vitro assays to QC department(s), as well as ensuring regulatory acceptance of the generated data. In addition to hands-on lab experimentation, the position will require close interaction with a multidisciplinary project team.

This role is recognized as a technical expert, readily conducts complex experimentation, and comprehends the under-lying scientific principles behind applicable scientific methods and projects.

Position Responsibilities

  • Development, troubleshooting and validationof novelin vitroassays
  • Conducts subject related literature searches
  • Initiates, conducts, and reports experiments using new ideas and/or approaches described in the literature
  • Interacts closely with fellow scientists within their own and other departments. If required, initiates contacts with external collaboration partners in consultation with the direct manager
  • Publishes and presents technical papers to internal and external audiences, (co-) author of scientific publications
  • Chairs or participates in cross-functional project teams (including R&D, Regulatory Affairs, Quality, Ops, statisticians, etc.)
  • Routine partnership with peer scientists, Regulatory Affairs (RA), Quality Control (QC), Research & Development (R&D) and other colleagues as appropriate
  • Periodically reviews and preparation of in vitro test data for statistical analysis
  • Supports local, regional, and global program initiatives
  • Involved in authoring and review of development and validation reports
  • Prepares training plans and supervises the training of new employees

  • At least a Bachelor's degree in science, engineering, or related areas of study

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) | Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) settings
  • Prior bench level laboratory experience
  • Expanded knowledge in at least one biological area; experience in other biological areas
  • Strong computer skills (Excel, PowerPoint, Word etc.) with effective communication and writing skills

  • Development of bioassays
  • Experience conducting biological assays (ELISA, Luminex, HPLC, Virus Titration, Bacterial Plate Count, PCR, and Toxin-Neutralization Testing)
  • scientific knowledge of virological and bacterial antigen assays
  • Managing critical reagent inventories
  • Preparing and interpreting basis statistical reports
  • Preparing reports for regulatory authorities
  • Capable of adapting to change and quickly learning new skills and concepts

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create a reliable global manufacturing network that's devoted to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

Who we are ...

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for ...

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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Requisition ID:R131907